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#1 farnsbarns

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 01:45 PM

Watched The Emperor's Nightingale the other day. (I found a previously released version of the film from a different company so I can't comment on the quality of this particular edition). I maintain it's notable chiefly for it's narration by Boris Karloff. Otherwise it's very rudimentary stop-motion and pacing is a real problem - way too long for what's presented and certainly boring by today's standards.
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 03:49 AM

The New Three Stooges: Complete Cartoon Collection (1965-1966) DVD from Madacy streets October 15, 2013.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:31 AM

What seems to be a quirky little title produced in Czechoslovakia, The Emperor's Nightingale (1949), is coming to DVD on 4/13/13 from Apprehensive Films/Midnight Matinee. It's adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Nightingale and done in stop-motion. The cover art claims "Long Lost Stop Motion Masterpiece" but I think it's claim to fame is probably narration by Boris Karloff.

Larry Scholl's Midnight Matinee: Legendary Hollywood story board artist, Larry Scholl, hand picks a wild selection of films both for kids and adults alike. The Midnight Matinee line of DVDs are great to share with your children on a Saturday Morning, but are off-kilter enough to enjoy with your adult friends late on a Saturday night. So... enjoy this nostalgic oddity!

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:13 PM


*Yellow Submarine (Blu-ray)*

While I am not a great fan of the film itself, it is still an eye-opening return to the 1960s of Peter Max (and would have been a lot more fun the Beatles had contributed their voices to the dialogue sections).


The picture has been beautifully restored by hand, frame by frame. The colors are amazing!!!


The audio is stirring! The first thing you notice about the 5.1 track is how clean it is. The only other time I have come across such great audio on Beatles' songs was with the DVD soundtrack accompanying the CD of The Beatles Love (Cirque du Soleil).


The special features on the disc are an odd assortment. There are some pencil drawings, storyboard sequences, some behind-the-scene photos of the Beatles, a feature-length commentary, and a few other extras. The odd part of the extras section are the video interviews with some of the voice talent and other people involved in the production. For some reason, most only run about a minute. Why they limited it to that short a length is a puzzle.


The Blu disc is in one-half of a folder. The other half is a pocket containing four repro film cels of the Beatles ( a neat item). There is also a small sheet of 10 decals. A nice item in the pouch is a sixteen-page booklet with photos, drawings, and text (regretably, the text is so tiny that it makes a contract's "small print" look enormous in comparison.


Highly recommended!



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Posted 26 November 2010 - 03:52 PM

Hi. It seemed to be a good time to ressurect the individual threads that were set up when I helped get this Forum created. We are getting so many threads being started for so many things that could all be in one place that it makes it hard to find anything.

Keeping within a theme thread makes the Classic Film DVD Reviews Forum a much neater place and better organzized.. Thanks.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 09:30 PM

another great DVD...a lot of cartoons I remembered from the early days of Cartoon Network and some I din't remember at all (good and bad):

the remembered favorites: "Goonland", "Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp", and "Hello, How Am I?""

newly discovered favorites: "A Date To Skate", "Wotta Nitemare", "Plumbing Is A Pipe"

skip them: "With Poopdeck Pappy" "It's The Natural Thing To Do", "Customers Wanted", "Doing Impossikible Stunts"

and my 21 month old son's favorite "Never Sock A Baby" !!!

If only they'd (Paramount actually, not WHV) do the same with Betty Boop & Friends...classic cartoons and classic characters (Bimbo, KoKo The Klown, Pudgie, Grampy, Whiffle Piffle and Buzzy Boop)...

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 12:43 AM

> {quote:title=filmlover wrote:}{quote}
> Popeye the Sailor Vol. 1 1933-1938
>

Have you had a chance to watch Vol. 2 yet? :)

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:47 PM

duplicate post, sorry.

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 01:13 PM

Popeye the Sailor Vol. 1 1933-1938

This is a truly exceptional collection from Warner Bros. of the first 60 Popeye cartoons (restored and in order). The video (in their original b&w) and audio are perfect. Two of the highlights are Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor and Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves) two that were done in color at twice the length of a normal color and it?s nice to see beautiful versions of these that you will see often in public domain weak copies.

Each of the four discs has several good featurettes (never lasting long enough, unfortunately). An excellent one focuses on the history of animation from the beginnings to 1920. As a bonus, each disc has several ?from the vaults? silent cartoons of other characters (including Krazy Kat, Koko, and Mutt & Jeff).

There is also commentary for a number of the Popeye cartoons. As to the commentary, this ranges from excellent to pointless. Jerry Beck, who has written several good books on animation, is very informative. However, they have also include commentary from three modern people working on cartoons, who are more of a having-a-good-time audience (?Gee, look at that? type of thing), and put them on cartoons like Ali Baba when we could truly benefit from someone knowledgeable like Beck.

This is definitely a 5 stars out of 5 stars release, a must have. The second volume (1938-1940) will be released on June 17, 2008 but will only be two discs and 31 cartoons. (I suspect some people hesitated paying the $64.98 street price on volume one so they are doing it with less and charging $34.98 with vol. 2). It still looks like a winner because among the extras is supposed to be the full-length animated Gulliver?s Travels (will be great to see this one restored and not like in the public domain copies out there).

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:45 AM

I'm bumping up the individual genre threads so people know where to place items or reviews about a particular genre.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 01:12 PM

oh yeah, many of these cartoons are available on multiple DVDs...I just use the Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collections as definitive...once they make it onto a Spotlight collection I update the list...I just try to make this easy so you get the most cartoon bang for your buck...

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 02:20 AM

What a great reference list. Thanks, Mr. Biach. By the way, it can be noted that 1946's Solid Serenade is also on the Ziegfeld Follies.

Thanks again!

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:55 PM

here's my up-toi-date list of MGM cartoons on DVD...it looks better in html because I use different colors for easier viewing...

1934:
The Discontented Canary
The Old Pioneer
Tale Of The Vienna Woods (Treasure Island DVD)
Bosko?s Parlor Pranks
Toyland Broadcast

1935:
Hey-Hey Fever (A Tale Of Two Cities DVD)
When The Cat?s Away
The Lost Chick
The Calico Dragon (Roberta DVD)
Good Little Monkeys
The Chinese Nightingale
Poor Little Me (David Copperfield DVD)
Barnyard Babies
The Old Plantation
Honeyland (A Tale Of Two Cities DVD)
Alias St. Nick
Run. Sheep, Run

1936:
Bottles (San Francisco DVD)
The Early Bird And The Worm (After The Thin Man DVD)
The Old Mill Pond
Two Little pups
The Old House
The Pups? Picnic
To Spring (Attack of The 30?s Characters DVD)
Little Cheeser
The Pups? Christmas

1937:
Little Buck Cheeser (Captain?s Courageous DVD)
Circus Daze
Swing Wedding
Bosko?s Easter Eggs
Little Ol? Bosko And The Pirates
The Hound And The Rabbit
The Wayward Pups
Little Ol? Bosko And The Cannibals

1938:
Cleaning House
Blue Monday
Poultry Pirates
The Captain?s Pup
A Day At the Beach
What A Lion!
The Pygmy Hunt
Old Smokey (A Day At The Races DVD)
Buried Treasure
The Winning Ticket
Honduras Hurricane
The Captain?s Christmas
Little Ol? Bosko In Bagdad
Pipe Dreams
The Little Bantamweight

1939:
Jitterbug Follies (Room Service/At The Circus DVD)
Wanted: No Master
The Little Goldfish
Art Gallery
Goldilocks And The Three Bears
The Bookworm (Another Thin Man DVD)
One Mother?s Family
The Blue Danube
Peace On Earth (A Christmas Carol DVD)
The Mad Maestro
The Bear That Couldn?t Sleep
Petunia Natural Park
Seal Skinners
Mama?s New Hat (A Day At The Races DVD)

1940:
Home On The Range (Boom Town DVD)
A Rainy Day
Swing Social
Tom Turkey And His Harmonica Humdingers
The Milky Way (Go West/The Big Store DVD)
The Bookworm Turns
Romeo In Rhythm
Papa Gets The Bird
The Homeless Flea (The Philadelphia Story Two-Disc Special Edition: Disc Two)
Gallopin? Gals (A Day At The Races DVD)
The Lonesome Stranger
Mrs. Ladybug
The Fishing Bear (Pride & Prejudice DVD)
Puss Gets The Boot (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

1941:
Abdul The Bulbul-Ameer
The Little Mole
The Goose Goes South (Shadow Of The Thin Man DVD)
Dance Of The Weed
The Alley Cat
Little Cesario
Officer Pooch (Go West/The Big Store DVD)
The Field Mouse
The Prospecting Bear
The Flying Bear
The Rookie Bear
The Midnight Snack (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
The Night Before Christmas (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two -
Disc One)

1942:
The Hungry Wolf
The First Swallow
Little Gravel Voice
Bats In The Belfry
Blitz Wolf
The Early Bird Dood It
Chips Off The Old Block
The Bear And The Beavers
Wild Honey
Barney Bear?s Victory Garden
Fraidy Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Dog Trouble (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Puss ?N? Toots (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
The Bowling Alley Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Fine Feathered Friend (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)

1943:
The Boy And The Wolf
Red Hot Riding Hood
Who Killed Who?
One Ham?s Family
War Dogs
The Stork?s Holiday
What?s Buzzin? Buzzard?
Bah Wilderness
The Uninvited Pest
Dumb-Hounded
Sufferin? Cats (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
The Lonesome Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
The Yankee Doodle Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Baby Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

1944:
Innertube Antics
Batty Baseball (The Stratton Story DVD)
The Tree Surgeon
Bear Raid Warden
Barney Bear?s Polar Pest
Screwball Squirrel (The Thin Man Goes Home DVD)
Happy-Go-Nutty
Big Heel-Watha
The Zoot Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
The Million Dollar Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
The Bodyguard (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Puttin? On The Dog (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Mouse Trouble (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

1945:
Jerky Turkey
Swing Shift Cinderella
The Unwelcome Guest
The Shooting Of Dan McGoo
Wild And Woolfy
The Screwy Truant
The Mouse Comes To Dinner (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Mouse In Manhattan (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Tee For Two (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Flirty Birdy (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Quiet Please (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

1946:
The Hick Chick (Ziegfeld Follies DVD)
Northwest Hounded Police
Henpecked Hoboes (Till The Clouds Roll By DVD)
Lonesome Lenny
Springtime For Thomas (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
The Milky Waif (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Trap Happy (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Solid Serenade (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

1947:
Uncle Tom?s Cabana
King-Size Canary
Hound Hunters
Red Hot Rangers
Cat Fishin? (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Part Time Pal (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
The Cat Concerto (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Salt Water Tabby (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
A Mouse In The House
Slap Happy Lion (Song Of The Thin Man DVD)
The Invisible Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

1948:
Make Mine Freedom
What Price Fleadom
Little ?Tinker (The Bachelor And The Bobby Soxer DVD)
The Cat That Hated People
Lucky Ducky
The Bear And The Bean
The Bear And The Hare
Half-Pint Pygmy
Kitty Foiled (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
The Truce Hurts (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Old Rockin? Chair Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Professor Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Mouse Cleaning

1949:
Bad Luck **** (Kitty Foyle DVD)
The House of Tomorrow (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House DVD)
Doggone Tired
Little Rural Riding Hood (Battleground DVD)
Goggle Fishing Bear
Senor Droopy
Wags To Riches (The Barkleys Of Broadway DVD)
Out-Foxed
The Counterfeit Cat
Polka-Dot Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
The Little Orphan (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
Hatch Up Your Troubles
Heavenly Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)
The Cat And The Mermouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc One)
Love That Pup
Jerry?s Diary (Tom And Jerry?s Greatest Chases DVD)
Tennis Chumps

1950:
The Cuckoo Clock (Summer Stock DVD)
The Peachy Cobbler
The Chump Champ
Ventriloquist Cat (Three Little Words DVD)
Garden Gopher
Little Quacker (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Saturday Evening Puss (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Texas Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Jerry And The Lion (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Safety Second (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Tom And Jerry In The Hollywood Bowl (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
The Framed Cat
Cue Ball Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

1951:
Symphony In Slang
Car Of Tomorrow
Daredevil Droopy
Droopy?s Good Deed
Droopy?s ?Double Trouble?
****-A-Doodle Dog
Casanova Cat
Jerry And The Goldfish (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Jerry?s Cousin (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Sleepy-Time Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
His Mouse Friday
Slicked-Up Pup (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Nit-Witty Kitty (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Cat Napping (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

1952:
Magical Maestro
One Cab?s Family
The Little Wise Quacker
Busybody Bear
Caballero Droopy
Rock-A-Bye Bear
The Flying Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
The Duck Doctor
The Two Mouseketeers (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Smitten Kitten (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Triplet Trouble (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Little Runaway
Fit To Be Tied
Push-Button Kitty (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Cruise Cat (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
The Dog House

1953:
Little Johnny Jet (The Naked Spur DVD)
T.V. Of Tomorrow
Barney?s Hungry Cousin
Cobs And Robbers
Heir Bear
Wee-Willie Wildcat
Half-Pint Palomino
The Three Little Pups
The Missing Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Jerry And Jumbo (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Johann Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
That?s My Pup
Just Ducky (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Two Little Indians (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Life With Tom

1954:
Billy Boy
The Farm Of Tomorrow
The Flea Circus (Les Girls DVD)
The Impossible Possum
Sleepy-Time Squirrel
Bird-Brain Bird Dog
Drag-A-Long-Droopy
Homesteader Droopy
Dixieland Droopy (The Long, Long Trailer DVD)
Puppy Tale
Posse Cat (Tom And Jerry: Whiskers Away DVD)
Hic-Cup Pup
Little School Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Baby Butch (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Mice Follies (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Neapolitan Mouse (Tom And Jerry: Whiskers Away DVD)
Downhearted Duckling
Pet Peeve
Touche, **** Cat! (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

1955:
Field And Scream
The First Bad Man
Cellbound
Good Will To Men (It?s Always Fair Weather DVD)
Deputy Droopy (It?s Always Fair Weather DVD)
Southbound Duckling
Pup On A Picnic
Mouse For Sale
Designs On Jerry (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Tom And Cherie (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Smarty Cat
Pecos Pest (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
That?s My Mommy

1956:
Millionaire Droopy (High Society DVD)
The Flying Sorceress (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
The Egg And Jerry
Busy Buddies
Muscle Beach Tom (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Down Beat Bear (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Blue Cat Blues (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)
Barbecue Brawl

1957:
Cat?s Meow
Grin And Share It
Blackboard Jumble (Blackboard Jungle DVD)
One Droopy Knight
Give And Tyke
Scat Cats
Tops With Pops
Timid Tabby
Feedin? the Kiddie
Mucho Mouse (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)
Tom?s Photo Finish

1958:
Sheep Wrecked
Mutts About Racing
Droopy Leprechaun
Happy go Ducky
Royal Cat Nap
The Vanishing Duck
Robin Hoodwinked
Tot Watchers (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume Two - Disc Two)

1961:
Switchin? Kitten
Down And Outing
It?s Greek To Me-Ow!

1962:
High Steaks
Mouse Into Space
Landing Stripling
Calypso cat
Dicky Moe
The Tom And Jerry Cartoon Kit
Tall In The Trap
Sorry Safari
Buddies Thicker Than Water
Carmen Get It!

1963:
Pent-House Mouse

1964:
Much Ado About Mousing
Snowbody Loves Me
The Cat Above And The Mouse Below
The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse
Is There A Doctor In the Mouse? (Tom And Jerry: Hijinks And Shrieks DVD)

1965:
The Dot And The Line (The Glass Bottom Boat DVD)
Tom-ic Energy
Ah, Sweet Mouse-Story Of Life
Haunted Mouse (Tom And Jerry: Hijinks And Shrieks DVD)
Of Feline Bondage
I?m Just Wild About Jerry
The Year Of The Mouse
Jerry Go-Round
Bad Day At Cat Rock
The Cat?s Me-Ouch
The Brothers Carry-Mouse-Off

1966:
Guided Mouse-Ille
O-Solar-Meow
Puss ?N? Boats
Love Me, Love My Mouse
Cat And Dupli-Cat
Catty Cornered
Filet Meow
Duel Personality
The A-Tom-Inable Snowman
Matinee Mouse
Jerry, Jerry, Quite Contrary

1967:
The Bear That Wasn?t (Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three - Disc Three)
Rock ?N? Rodent
Cannery Rodent
Advance And Be Mechanized
Surf-Bored Cat
The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R.
Shutter Bugged Cat
Purr-Chance To Dream

2000:
The Mansion Cat

2005:
The KarateGuard


Miscellaneous

1945:
Anchors Aweigh (sequence) (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc One)

1951:
Meet Joe King
Inside Cackle Corners
Fresh Laid Plans

1953:
Dangerous When Wet (sequence) (Tom And Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume One - Disc Two)

1957:
Invitation To the Dance (sequence)

1970:
The Phantom Tollbooth

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 05:08 PM

yes the Wellspring/Winstar DVD release is the best version avaialble...it is the 60th Anniversary edition...the cover is super ugly but the picture is great...bright colors, clear picture, etc....the main gripe with Winstar is the fact they digitally enhance/remix the audio but this version features a cleaned up original mono audio accessible only from the menu...one strange thing though...the DVD itself says Winstar, the dvd case says wellspring...look for the "Disney" logo on the back (color correction was done by Disney ideas, Florida)...

I also bought the Alpha video version just for the front cover artwork...the packaging needed to match the actual DVD content in quality!!

Nic Orizaga

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 11:48 PM

"...so Max and Dave released Gulliver's Travels which was fairly successful in its opening weeks but lost ground overseas due to the start of WWII...nevertheless, this (widely available on Public Domain DVD) film..."

Great post, Mr. Orizaga. Can you recommend a release of Gulliver's Travels? I bought a version that was on "Alpha Video" and it's the worst looking DVD that I've ever seen. If I could find a better disc I'd be sure to buy it.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 12:46 PM

Wow, thanks, Nic for that review! I have never heard of this film before. I am a fan of 1930's and 1940's animation so I am excited to hear of something "new."

Sandy K

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 02:01 PM

not many people have seen this movie which was released in 1941 from the Fleischer Studios (Koko the Klown, Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman) shortly before they closed their doors and then reopened as Famous Studios...one of the reasons I feel it is a forgotten classic is because the filmmakers never really wanted to make it...during the 1930's Max and Dave Fleischer had the most popular character in animation (Popeye was a bigger rival to Mickey Mouse than you'd think!!) and were content to create short subjects with their highly successful two-reelers coming out every few years (Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936), Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba (1937) and Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939)).

Unfortunately Disney had just released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937 and Paramount (The Fleischer's distributor) wanted them to compete...so Max and Dave released Gulliver's Travels which was fairly successful in its opening weeks but lost ground overseas due to the start of WWII...nevertheless, this (widely available on Public Domain DVD) film spawned two spin-off series of shorts starring characters from the film Gabby in his own series, and Sneak, Snoop, Snitch and Twinkletoes in the Animated Antics series.

well the Fleischer's had been moved by Paramount to a new state-of-the-art studio in Florida just before beginning that film....they were commisioned to create a new film, this time based on an original story...this film became known as Mr. Bug Goes To Town...the story is about a group of bugs that live in Bugville (which is actually someone's garden). Unfortunately, a car spun out of control and broke down the fence on this garden some while before the movie takes place...since then, human inhabitants of New York City have walked across the new "shortcut" and littered it with trash...the main character Hoppity, a grasshopper, decides to search for a new safe haven for the bugs after a near-distastrous run in with a lit-cigar. He feels this will help him and his sweetheart Honey Bumble (a bee) get married and start of a family of their own. Hoppity wonders why the previously caring owners have never bothered to fix their fence, until he overhears them speaking of the reason; it seems Dick is a struggling songwriter who has hit on hard times. He and his wife decide that this latest song is their last chance, they are tired of fending off creditors...if this song doesn't sell they will sell the land so that a skyscraper can be built. Meanwhile the villainous C. Bagley Beetle, has offered the town shelter in his home away form the garden on one condition: that Honey weds him...what the residents of Bugville don't know is that Dick's song did sell and the land is saved, but Beetle has intercepted the check...

the movie is full of great animation but not always the best drawings...the characters aren't quite as cute as the movie poster would have you believe, but that is just minor nitpicking...the movie was tagged as "the screen's first full-length musical comedy cartoon" and many of the songs are really catchy especially 'Katy Did, Katy Didn't"...their is a really wild scene involving Hoppity getting electrocuted that shouldn't be missed...very abstract for the time!! This film features great sidekicks such as Swat the Fly and Smack the Mosquito, but Hoppity is clearly the star of the picture, as opposed to Gabby in Gulliver's Travels...there is a relatively fast pace with this movie as opposed to the aforementioned Gulliver where many of those songs seem to hinder that film's structure...the opening scene of New York was a miniature set created by the geniuses at Fleischer Studios and took 4 months to build...spectacular to say the least...

the movie was a flop with theater-audiences mainly because it was released December 7th, 1941 the same day Pearl Harbor was attacked...the movie was hidden away and the Fleischers were all but kicked out of their own animation studio...they had never wanted to move to Florida, and never wanted to make feature-length films, especially as their Superman shorts and Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy two-reeler had just given them two promising new screen adaptations...

anyways I bought this DVD from moviesunlimited.com...the distributor for this DVD-R is Nostalgia Family Video. Don't let that hinder you from picking up this high-quality release...the picture is suprisingly clear and the colors are bright...even more surprising as this is from a television print that was re-titled as "Hoppity Goes To Town"...no bonus features on this film but that is expected as it is not an official studio release...but as far as movie quality (highly entertaining), picture quality (good colors, minimal scratches), sound quality (original mono) go this gets my highest possible recommendation...until Paramount decides to offer this movie with restored original title cards, this version belongs in every classic animation fan's collection...

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 09:24 AM

Please review animated film and cartoon DVDs here, thanks. When reviewing, good things to keep in mind that people want to know: how good was the film quality, was the film itself any good, what were the extras and how good were they, was there a good commentary, etc. You know, stuff you would like to know if you were thinking about buying a particular DVD.

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